Becky and the Keys are an up-and-coming rock/indie band from Northern Ireland with Becky Baxter on vocals, Liam Douglas on guitar, Stephen Sykes on drums and Conor McKillen on bass. The band chatted to The Jumble about the lock down, their inspirations, and what they have been doing together during their first year as a band.
In one sentence we would describe our music is ‘Fresh, raw and contemporary.’ As a band, we have varying influences, from the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to current artists like Hozier and Sam Fender. We are constantly inspired by our mutual passion to create original songs and to be active in the music scene.
It’s hard to pick a favourite song from what we have released so far, but we’re really excited to record and release a new single called ‘Eveline’. It’s inspired by James Joyce’s short story of the same name. During the lock down we’ve been working on some new material that we can’t wait to test out as a full band (once we can practice together in one room again). We’ve all felt like focusing on music has helped us keep our minds busy and stimulate our creativity throughout this time. This lock down has really made us appreciate what we had and took for granted.
We had been scheduled to record our new singles in Dublin in March, but the session was postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Although we were disappointed, it is incomparable to the impact the pandemic has had globally and locally. Our hearts go out to front line workers battling this virus and local businesses, like music venues adversely affected by the lock down.
We don’t have any full-band versions of our own songs on streaming platforms as of yet. You can check out our YouTube channel for live full-band original songs and some covers. We have stripped-back and acoustic versions of some earlier songs on streaming platforms like Spotify which you can check out too.